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It's Spring at the Meetinghouse - a season of Hope.
In this Month's Announcements:
  1. Meeting for Worship will be in-person, outside in the burial grounds beginning Sunday, April 18.
  2. The Spring Work Day is Saturday, April 17.
  3. The virtual YWCA Race Against Racism is later this month. Support the York Friends team.
  4. Join a Zoom gathering to learn more about the BYM Antiracism Declaration.
  5. News from the YFM Antiracism Discussion & Action Group
  6. Queries, Advices & Voices for April
Outdoor Meeting for Worship Resumes Sunday, April 18
Weather permitting / Held virtually if weather is inclement

Beginning on Sunday, April 18, Friends will begin meeting outdoors, in-person for Meeting for Worship. A few considerations:
  1. Please note that we will continue to observe social distancing and mask wearing.
  2. In the event of rain or cold weather, we will meet virtually. An email will be sent out on Sunday morning by 9:00am notifying Friends if outdoor Meeting for Worship is canceled.
  3. We will continue to offer virtual Meeting for Worship for those who are joining us from a distance even when in-person Meeting for Worship resumes.
Please bookmark this email. The link below will continue to serve as the link for Sunday Meeting for Worship.
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business on Sunday, May 2 will be held virtually, beginning at 8:30am.
Spring Work Day at the Meetinghouse
Saturday, April 17 at 9:00am

The spring work day is Saturday, April 17 (rain date, April 24) starting at 9:00am. Most of the chores are outdoors, including trimming dead branches from tress, cleaning up the gardens, and other miscellaneous tasks. Please bring gloves, lawn rakes, garden shears, and lots of positive energy.

Bring your own beverages and snacks. Since some of us are fully or partially vaccinated and some are not, social distancing and mask wearing will be observed. 
YWCA Race Against Racism
Support the York Quakers team!

To donate or to register, click here and you'll be taken directly to the York Quakers fundraising page. 

For the fourth year now, York Friends Meeting is pleased to have a team for the YWCA Race Against Racism.

The YWCA believes the mission must go on! Runners and walkers will participate in the VIRTUAL Race Against Racism by running or walking a distance of 5K or 3.1 miles between April 17 and April 24. This can be done wherever you are - on a treadmill, on a Rail Trail path, around a track, or in your neighborhood!

Then, participants will share how they support our mission of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all by posting a photo on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, tagging YWCA York, and using the hashtag #YorkRAR. 

Proceeds benefit YWCA York's Racial Justice program. They'll share route ideas, fundraising tips, music playlists, and more in the weeks leading up to the race!

To donate or to register, click here and you'll be taken directly to the York Quakers fundraising page. 
Zoom Gathering: BYM Antiracist Declaration Explored
Hosted by the BYM Growing Diverse Leadership Committee

In 2017, Baltimore Yearly Meeting adopted a Declaration stating that we are an Anti-racist community. The Growing Diverse Leadership Committee invites Friends to join us for a conversation to more deeply understand the Declaration and how best to use it as we worship and work together.

* Click here to attend on Monday, April 5 at 7:00pm. 
Click here to attend on Wednesday, April 7 at 11:00am. 
* Click here to attend on Saturday, April 10 at 3:00pm.

Only sign up for one session - the same content will be discussed at each session. 
News from the Antiracism Discussion & Action Group
Resources and Ways to Act with Intention

Photo courtesy of member Susan Loveland 

The theme for our March gathering was “Act with intention,” and Friends shared their strategies for working toward antiracism. From supporting local Black-owned businesses and calling legislators to painting fences with messages of kindness, there were over a dozen ideas explored and implemented.

One idea the group would like to bring before the Meeting is for York Friends to adopt the BYM Declaration as an Antiracist Community. This is something many local meetings across BYM have done.

Our discussion & action group meets virtually on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30. All are welcome to attend. Please reply to this email if you'd like to join.

Resources to Act with Intention
Queries, Advices & Voices for April
Stewardship & Sustainability
(from 2013 Faith & Practice Resource Document)

  • Do you seek to preserve the beauty and balance of God’s world?
  • How do we use the world’s resources with care and consideration for future generations and with respect for all life?
  • Do you endeavor to understand the detrimental changes affecting earth systems and humanity?
  • Do you seek to meet your needs in a sustainable way by preserving resources, enhancing the health of the earth, and by protecting the future?
  • Do we intentionally explore and live our conviction that there is that of God in all creation?
  • Are you concerned for responsible use of natural resources and their nurture for future generations? Do you try to avoid wasteful consumption and pollution? Do you seek to preserve the beauty and balance of God’s world? (from 1988 F&P)
Connect with the earth and all it holds as part of your spiritual development.  As John Woolman was concerned about the injury man was doing to the Earth, be aware that we are stewards of a gift of God for future generations.  Misuse of the Earth and the abundance it offers often leads to injustice and war.  Some common present practices so violate our sense of stewardship that they seem to constitute a war on the Earth.  We need to be constantly aware of how our actions affect the rest of the world.  By not using more than we need and by sharing with others, we help ensure that the earth will continue to support everyone.

"Sustainability as a concept has recently acquired new spiritual depth of meaning to include a resolve to live in harmony with biological and physical systems, and to work to create social systems that can enable us to do that.  It includes a sense of connectedness and an understanding of the intricate web of life; a passion for environmental justice and ecological ethics; an understanding of dynamic natural balances and processes; and a recognition of the limits to growth due to finite resources. Our concern for Sustainability recognizes our responsibility to future generations, to care for the Earth as our own home and the home of all that dwell herein.  We seek a relationship between human beings and the Earth that is mutually enhancing." (Quaker Earthcare Witness, 1998)
"All things are bound together.  All things connect.  Whatever befalls the earth, befalls also the children of the earth." (Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation)
Looking for the Minutes?  Minutes from Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business are available upon request. Send us an email if you'd like minutes from September 2020 to now. 
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